Sept.11, 1804 Today I encountered a village of barking squirrel. I killed four of them and had their skins stuffed. Today Shannon came back to meet up with us. He was nearly starving to death. Sept. 12,1804 This morning it was dark and cloudy. The wind was blowing hard as we passed an island in the middle of the river at the head of which we found great difficulty in passing by it because of the sand bars. The water was shallow so we had to camp. In the morning I saw many little squirrels all over the island. I also observed that the soil was full of slate and coal. It rained all day today. Sept. 13, 1804 Today was also dark and drizzly. Last night one of the hunters caught four beaver. The winds from the northwest are very cold. Capt. Lewis killed a porcupine in a tree. The water is still very shallow. Sept. 14, 1804 Today I killed a Buck Goat and Shields killed a hare. We passed two creeks today and it rained all day. We stuffed the hare and goat tonight. Sept. 15, 1804 We set out early today and passed the mouth of the creek. The current is regular and swift with sand bars in it at different points. There is a much greater number of timber. I saw a number of rabbits and grapes. I killed a Buck Elk and a Deer this evening. It is very cold and there are a number of wolves howling in the strong wind. Sept. 16, 1804 Today we set out very early and we dried all our wet clothing. We examined all the boats and supplies in the boats. The camp is on a plain surrounded by timber. There were many Timber Elms and the sign of the beaver are everywhere. I killed a number of goats and Capt. Lewis killed a deer. It was cloudy all day and I gave out flannel shirts and powder to the men who had used theirs up. Sept. 17, 1804 Today Capt. Lewis went out to view the country. He did not return until dark. Colter killed a goat and a different kind of deer of a dark gray color. When Capt. Lewis returned he killed a rattle snake and saw a hare. Some of our provisions are ruined from the rain. Sept. 18, 1804 Today the hunters killed ten deer and a prairie wolf. There are a numerous amount of wolves around here, they are light colored and long hared. Sept. 19, 1804 It was a cool and clear morning and we passed a large island. I walked along the shore to see this great place where the Sioux crossed. We did not camp until late tonight at the mouth of the creek. I killed a cow, elk, and my servant York killed a buck. The country is full of plains and you can see many buffalo and elk grazing on the plains. Last night I hurt my hands and feet but tonight is a fine evening. Sept. 20, 1804 There is a fair morning wind today and I walked along the shore to examine the bend in the creek. There is a narrow part of the creek where there are high irregular hills. The gorge in the bend is about a mile and half wide. I saw a hare run into a hole in the side of a hill. Fields killed a deer and two goats one of them being a female. From the goats we got lard. At the big bend we observed a cliff of black rock which resembled lava. Sept. 21, 1804 This morning the sand bar began to give away. This alarmed me and we cleared camp and got onto the boats. As we pushed off the bank fell under. We had to make a second camp for the remained of the night. We went on our way to the gorge in the great bend. One of the Frenchman I fear has an abscess on his thigh. He is in great pain. Sept. 22, 1804 Today the fog was very thick which detained us until 7 a.m. Some of the men saw Indian tracks. The Frenchman with the abscess on his thigh keeps him in pain for ten to twelve days at a time. There are plains on both sides. We found very large stone and a number of buffalo. Sept. 23, 1804 The river is very straight and wide. We camped below the mouth of the creek. Three Sioux boys swam up the river and informed us that a band of 80 Sioux were at the next creek. We gave the boys tobacco for their chiefs and told them to tell the chiefs we wanted to speak to them. Sept. 24, 1804 We prepared some clothes and medals for the chiefs of the Sioux tribe. We expect to see them today at the next creek. There is a great deal of stone in the sides of the river. We have reports that some of the Indians had stolen some of the horses. When we spoke to the Indians we informed them we are friends and not afraid of them, but that we would speak to them until they returned our horses.
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